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Speed (1936)

Passed  |   |  Action, Drama, Romance  |  8 May 1936 (USA)
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Terry is the chief car tester for Emery Motors and Frank is an Engineer. Jane has just been hired to work in publicity. Frank and Terry both want Jane to be their girl. Terry has designed a... See full summary »

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Wendy Barrie ...
Jane Mitchell, an alias if Jane Emery
Una Merkel ...
Josephine 'Jo' Sanderson
Weldon Heyburn ...
Frank Lawson
Ted Healy ...
Clarence Maxmillian 'Gadget' Haggerty
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Mr. Dean
Patricia Wilder ...
Fanny Lane, a Secretary
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Terry is the chief car tester for Emery Motors and Frank is an Engineer. Jane has just been hired to work in publicity. Frank and Terry both want Jane to be their girl. Terry has designed a new carburetor that should bring him fame and money, but he cannot get it to work correctly. Terry and Gadget have tested it for over a year, but it still is not perfected. Emery Motors assigns Frank to help Terry with the carburetor, but Terry is not happy because Frank is an Engineer and is also vying for Jane. They finish the carburetor, and to test it, they enter a car in the Indianapolis 500 race. Terry is not yet satisfied with the carburetor before the big race even though it has passed all the tests. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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A mile a minute of fun and thrills. (Posters). See more »

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Action | Drama | Romance

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8 May 1936 (USA)  »

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La prueba suprema  »

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The end of the film has a fictional recreation of Malcolm Campbell's record-breaking 300 mph drive at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. However, his book,"My Thirty Years of Speed", published a year earlier, was not used as the basis of this movie. See more »

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The new 1936 cars produced by the fictional Emery Motors Co. are seen coming down the assembly line with large 'Plymouth' placards in the rear door windows. See more »

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Pop! Goes the Weasel
Traditional 17th century English song
Played and sung by the band at the barn dance for dance music
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Fast-paced driver drama lacks levity
1 April 2014 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Jimmy Stewart may be only an automobile tester right now, but he's got plans: "I'm not always gonna be a mug with cylinder oil in my hair," he vows.

While he spends his working days racing, flipping and crashing test cars, he is also working on a new carburetor design that he is sure will make his mark. Unfortunately, he's having trouble perfecting the carburetor…will the company bigwigs force him to take on help from the snooty engineering department?

Stewart's ambitions and frustrations make up one part of the plot; the other half of the story is a romantic drama involving publicity agent Wendy Barrie, newly promoted auto executive Una Merkel, and bland auto engineer Weldon Heyburn, whom Stewart considers a rival both professionally and romantically but who is really not a bad guy after all.

The first fifteen minutes of the picture offer a great tour of the automobile factory where these characters all work. It's basically a commercial for the auto industry, and a pretty neat look at the inside of a production plant, circa 1936.

With this cast, you would expect some good laughs or at least plenty of snappy dialog delivery; unfortunately, the tone is fairly grim and the screenplay pretty dry. We do get a bit of comic relief from Ted Healy as Stewart's friend and sidekick; but it sure seems a shame to have both Barrie and Merkel—two really excellent comic talents—go practically a whole movie with no wisecracks!

The production is slick and includes some impressive footage from testing grounds and racetracks. And Stewart definitely shows some charisma, even though his character is so stubborn and self-pitying that it's hard to root for him completely.

Overall, it's easy to watch but probably should have been better.


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